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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
An architect's experiments, little discoveries and annotated bookmarks.

Search from over a hundred HOW TO articles, Tips and Tricks


This Week I Learned - Week #207

This Week I Learned -

* With the availability of Geographic Routing capability in Azure Traffic Manager, you can now direct user traffic to specific endpoints based on the geographic location from where the requests originate. As an example, an e-commerce site can localize the site content and merchandise items to users in a specific region. Knowing where the users are coming from makes it easier to implement mandates related to data sovereignty - Azure Blog

Kubernetes Pod is a group of one or more containers that are always co-located, co-scheduled, and run in a shared context

Gartner's Hype Cycle, attempts to capture the perceptions and reality of a given technology. Technologies typically undergo a period of inflated expectations, only to be followed by a downward slope into the trough of disillusionment, whereby the promises of the technology fall short of reality.
At some point, a realistic perception of the technology gains momentum and technologists become productive using it.

* Microsoft offers a comprehensive set of compliance offerings. Info on all current certifications are available at the Microsoft Trust Center

Last year, Alphabet made $19.5 billion in net profit, a 23 percent annual jump, almost all of which was generated from Google’s advertising business.

* Citrix offers XenApp on Azure Cost Calculator, a web service that provides a set of cost estimates for deploying Citrix XenApp on Microsoft Azure.

* The failover operation is the process of switching production to a backup facility (normally your recovery site). A failback operation is the process of returning production to its original location after a disaster or a scheduled maintenance period.

* Today, about 30 percent of Android users, or at least 420 million people, are on a variant of Android 4.0, according to Google.

* About 79 percent of Apple users are running iOS 10, the latest version of the system, and only 5 percent are running a version older than iOS 9, according to Apple. In raw numbers, with more than one billion iOS devices sold worldwide, that amounts to at least 50 million people running the outdated software. Not all Apple devices can get the latest operating system. Apple’s iOS 10 is compatible with iPhones as far back as the iPhone 5 released in 2012, and with iPads as old as the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2 released in 2013. The one thing that people can and should be doing is keeping their apps and phones as up-to-date as possible,” said Kurt Opsahl, deputy executive director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights nonprofit - NY Times

* A bug fix is as likely to introduce one or more new bugs since it is typically not a leisurely process, but "under the gun."

* Other than ensuring that you have the latest operating system, Google recommends that Android users protect their devices with lock screens and PIN codes, and to enable a setting called Verify Apps, which scans apps downloaded from outside of Google’s app store for malware.

* A tool called Weeping Angel puts the target TV in a “fake off” mode. Then, with the owner believing the TV is turned off, the set secretly records conversations in the room and sends them over the internet to a C.I.A. server computer.

* Nike’s new shoe designs have produced impressive results in international races.

* Legal history is replete with cases in which a comma made all the difference. I'm hungry. Let's eat grandpa.

Drinking water during (or after) a meal is not really bad...it can actually improve digestion.

* In 1986, a $285 million contract between the Government of India and Swedish arms company Bofors was signed for the supply of 410 155mm field howitzers. In 1987, Swedish Radio alleged that Bofors paid illegal commissions to top Indian politicians and key defence officials to seal the deal. The scandal contributed to the defeat of Rajiv Gandhi in elections three years later. Bofors' most famous owner was Alfred Nobel, who owned the company from 1894 until his death in December 1896 - Wikipedia

* In the 1960s and 1970s, "How to Lie with Statistics" [PDF] became a standard textbook introduction to the subject of statistics for many college students.

* "Never stop learning, because life never stops teaching"

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